Subban a finalist for Norris Trophy

The NHL announced on Tuesday morning that the Canadiens’ P.K. Subban is one of three finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s best defenceman.

The other finalists are Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild. It marks the first time for all three that they are finalists for the award, which was won last year by Ottawa’s Eric Karlsson, who missed most of this season with an Achilles injury.

Subban and Letang were the highest-scoring defenceman in the league this season, both accumulating 38 points. Subban had 11-27-38 totals in 42 games to go along with a plus-12, while Letang had 5-33-38 totals in 35 games and was plus-16. Suter was just behind them with 4-28-32 totals in 48 games and was plus-2.

Suter led the three in average ice time at 27:16, followed by Letang at 25:38 and Subban at 23:14.

The news comes a day after the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s top rookie.

The Canadiens held an optional skate at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Ottawa as they prepare for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the┬áSenators (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Twenty-two players took part in the morning skate, with Max Pacioretty, Ryan White and Rene Bourque the only ones who didn’t skate.

After the skate, the Canadiens announced that Brian Gionta and Ryan White (upper-body injuries) will not be in the lineup for Game 4.

Carey Price will start in goal.

(Photo by Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Game 4 Preview, canadiens.com

Five keys to Game 4, canadiens.com

Habs can’t mix it up again, by Dave Stubbs

Therrien looking for Habs to bounce back, by Brenda Branswell

Gallagher a Calder finalist, by Pat Hickey

Adopt Prust a Walrus campaign underway, The Canadian Press

Senators lead series 2-1, NHL.com

Winning the mind games, Ottawa Citizen

Senators, Canadiens just getting started, Ottawa Citizen

Pageau still coming down from big night, Ottawa Citizen

Ten reasons to hate the Habs, by Ottawa Sun

Subban ready to move forward, Ottawa Sun

Don’t get caught in the rivalry, Ottawa Sun

 

296 Comments

  1. Habcouver says:

    Subban is well deserving of the nomination. I would be happy if he wins the Norris because he was by far the most exciting offensive d-man the habs have had since…. Larry Robinson perhaps?

    Letang’s point production is highly inflated on a Pen’s team that had run up scores. The Pen’s last game was a romp over the Canes, a mean nothing game.

    I would hope that Weber gets more consideration than Letang because he was more valuable to his team.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  2. Steven says:

    So for a while I thought Subban was a shoe-in for the Norris. Not so sure anymore after seeing Letang’s stats. He has the same amount of points(with less goals, of course) in less games, and has a higher +/-. It’s probably his.

  3. Dunboyne Mike says:

    10912!
    Are you accusing or confessing?
    (Couldn’t resist, sorry!).

  4. Habfan10912 says:

    New thread complete with an idiotitic post already.

  5. Lost in all of the drama of Sunday night fights/referee game mismanagement night was the overall execution of the Habs on the ice. I would have to say it was very poor. Passes into skates when trying to exit the zone, big whiffs on easy one timers in the slot, poor defensive zone coverage and no sense of urgency from the drop of the puck until the final horn. They were lucky to be tied after the first period and even more lucky to only be down 1 heading into the 2nd.

    There were sluggish all night, 2nd on the puck and lost 1 on 1 battles throughout the game. The bounces certainly didn’t go their way and the lack of control by the refs only added fuel to the fire. What you witnessed was a complete meltdown of the team in the 3rd period.

    This sort of thing happens in this game all of the time. The good teams bounce back from it, the bad teams pick in the top 4 every year. As a team the Habs have proven on more than one occasion this year alone that they can bounce back from this. What is required tonight is a sense of urgency from the players and the coaches. In the first 10 minutes of the game tonight you will know if the boys will pull off a win tonight simply by their effort alone. Montreal is still the better team in this series.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Makes a lot of sense.
      Would you venture a little further? What I want to know is what makes that meltdown happen? What makes a whole team droop or lose the plot or lose the mojo or whatever? If it’s fully collective it must mean there were fumes on the team bus (or, more seriously, they’re all deflated by something, like what happened to Eller), or something that affects everyone. The coach, maybe? Or ref-despair? What kind of thing makes a whole team of highly-paid, alpha-male professionals — who all WANT to win the game, the series, and advance — suddenly flop?
      OR, is it that a few guys don’t deliver, then one or two more, then there’s a tipping-point, then it’s 6-1.


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